17/05/2013 07:21 BST | Updated 17/05/2013 07:51 BST

Boa Constrictor And Iguana Locked In Fatal Embrace (PICTURE)

A boa constrictor and iguana are locked in a fatal embrace in this horrifying yet fascinating shot.

Posted to Reddit via Imgur, the image is accompanied by hundreds of comments speculating as to how the battle played out and which beast died first.

Not much else is know about the image, although user horrorfetish writes: "The lizard being constricted is definitely a species of iguana.

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"I am not sure which but I am willing to bet on Ctenosaura similis, the spiny-tailed iguana, which is a close relative of the green iguana that is prevalent in the pet trade."

Ctenosaura similis is found throughout Mexico, large areas in Central America, and islands adjacent to Panama. According to Animal Diversity Web, adult males can reach up to 18 inches in length, with a 18-inch tail.

Boa constrictors are non poisonous and slowly squeeze their prey to death. They are found in Central and South America and can grow up to 13 feet (4 metres) in length, National Geographic notes.



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